Over the past couple of months I've had several casual sightings of Barn Owls, but each time I've either ended up with no photos or more often photos that qualify as the worst photos ever taken of the species.
As this is a species that I particularly like I was keen to try just a little bit harder, and after visiting a site with some of these beauties and watching the area where they appeared to hunt on a regular basis I had a couple of sessions where I tried to get in a position where I hoped to stay hidden from the owls.
On a particularly lovely late afternoon I had only been in position for a few minutes when the first Barn Owl flew around the area just in front of me and my first shot was taken.
Barn Owl hunting.
The owl then flew around the area for a couple of minutes more and then out of view. It was only a short while though before I spotted it flying straight towards me again and I was just getting it in the viewfinder when it landed in a bush straight in front of me. Although it could hear the shutter going off it fortunately didn't fly off and after a minute it turned away from me, although it was still looking around obviously hoping to see or hear a vole. Once again when the shutter went off it looked straight at me but clearly couldn't see me.